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A giant new Tesla Megapack project with 300 MWh of energy capacity has come online in Australia to help stabilize the grid and make better use of renewable energy.

Energy storage is currently the missing link in the renewable energy solution.

Many countries are cleaning up their grids by heavily investing in clean energy sources like solar and wind, but the intermittent nature of those energy sources can be a problem.

That’s where battery systems come into play. They allow storage of the energy when solar and wind electricity production outpaces demand and send the energy back into the grid when needed.

The first successful example of a large-scale lithium battery storage system deployment was the “Tesla big battery” in South Australia.

Australia has deployed a lot of rooftop solar power, but its grid hasn’t caught up to that new capacity.

Since the success of the Tesla Big Battery, the country has embraced energy storage and Tesla’s Megapack has been the battery of choice.

Last year, we reported on a new project called “Riverina and Darlington Point Energy Storage Systems,” which will consist of three clusters of battery packs located in the Murrumbidgee Shire, the Riverina region of New South Wales.

  • 60MW / 120MWh Riverina Energy Storage System 1
  • 65MW / 130MW Riverina Energy Storage System 2
  • 25MW / 50MWh Darlington Point Energy Storage System

It was announced that the project will use Tesla Megapacks.

Today, Edifiy Energy and Federation Asset Management, the two companies behind the project, confirmed that they have turned on and connected the Tesla Megapacks to the grid.

They will use Tesla’s energy management software, including the new “virtual synchronous generator” mode – which basically mimics a fossil fuel peaker plant – to help stabilize the grid and make better use of the region’s growing solar power capacity.

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MuskWire TLDR:

A new Tesla Megapack project with 300 MWh of energy capacity has been activated in Australia. The project aims to stabilize the grid and optimize the use of renewable energy sources. Energy storage is considered the missing link in the renewable energy solution, as solar and wind energy production can be intermittent. Battery systems allow for the storage of excess energy and its release back into the grid when needed. The success of the Tesla Big Battery in South Australia has led to increased investment in energy storage in Australia, with Tesla’s Megapack being the preferred choice. The recently activated project, called “Riverina and Darlington Point Energy Storage Systems,” consists of three clusters of battery packs and will use Tesla Megapacks. Edifiy Energy and Federation Asset Management, the companies behind the project, have confirmed the connection of the Megapacks to the grid. Tesla’s energy management software, including the “virtual synchronous generator” mode, will be utilized to stabilize the grid and maximize the region’s solar power capacity.